2018 MLB Draft preview: Cole Winn scouting report.
With the 2018 MLB Draft just four weeks away — the first round kicks off on June 4, 2018 — its time to start offering capsule looks at players the Texas Rangers could select with their top picks. The Rangers’ first round pick is at #15 and their second round pick is at #55 — they have no compensatory picks this year.
Leading up to draft day, we will be doing writeups of some of the players who could end up getting selected by the Rangers with one of their first two picks. Today, we are looking at California high school pitcher Cole Winn.
Cole Winn is a 6’2”, 195 lb. righthanded pitcher from Lutheran High School in Orange, California. Prior to his senior season, Winn had been living and playing Colorado, where he was named the state High School Pitcher of the Year, but transferred to Lutheran for his senior year, and has moved up the draft boards with a strong spring. Winn features a mid-90s fastball and a solid breaking
Baseball America has Winn ranked #10 on their current top 500 draft list. (ed. note — after this published, BA updated their top 500 board and Winn dropped to 11). MLB Pipeline has Winn at #15 on their draft board, praising his slider, which they call a “power breaker” (although BA likes his curve more than his slider). Keith Law has Winn at #11 on his rankings, and thinks he could have three plus pitches along with a repeatable delivery, which is very promising.
MLB Pipeline’s mock draft from the end of April has Winn going to the Rangers at #15, while Keith Law’s latest mock has Winn going to the Yankees at #23. Baseball America, on the other hand, has Winn going off the board prior to the Rangers, with the Orioles taking him at #11.
Winn isn’t as big as the prep righthanded pitchers you often see go in the first part of the first round, but if you think he’s going to have a solid three pitch mix, he seems to be a safe bet. BA has Winn going to the Orioles in part because they are risk-averse in regards to injury possibilities, and they see Winn as a fairly safe bet health-wise, at least as far as high school pitchers go. Winn probably doesn’t have the big ceiling some other prep pitchers do, but he gets praise for his polish and clean mechanics. One has to think there’s a strong chance he is off the board when Texas drafts, but if he’s there, he’s someone you would think the Rangers would have significant interest in.
And besides, you can never have enough pitching Coles in the organization.
Some video of Winn is below: